GSA Technology Council

Greenville Health System Pilots Wireless-powered Diabetes Management Solution

The Greenville, S.C.-based healthcare system is among first in Southeast to incorporate wireless tool as part of employee wellness initiative.

GHSSouth Carolina’s largest health system is pioneering the use of the world’s first cellular-enabled blood glucose management system. Greenville Health System has signed on to use the Telcare Blood Glucose Meter, (the Telcare BGM®) combined with a secure, privacy-protected cloud-based care management server with automated messaging and reporting. The device establishes a constant connection that relays blood sugar data between patient and doctor, with immediate messaging back to the patient, resulting in more customized treatment plans.

Greenville Health System (GHS) is using the Telcare blood glucose management system as part of an employee wellness initiative. Selected employees at GHS are using the meters on a pilot basis, and the health system plans to make the Telcare meter broadly available to additional diabetic employees later this year.

“The Telcare system creates a year-round culture of care by digitizing a consistent support mechanism that’s so crucial for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels,” said Dr. Angelo Sinopoli, Greenville Health System’s chief medical officer. “Employee wellness is important to our company, and cellular-enabled glucose meters allow a new level of care and control for our diabetic employees.”

The Telcare solution is an example of mHealth technology, which includes machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions specially designed and optimized for the healthcare industry. M2M describes technology that enables cellular networked devices to create business solutions by exchanging information and performing actions with other devices or networks.

“mHealth devices, such as the Telcare system, truly benefit from the speed and reliability of our network,” said Jerry Fountain, Carolinas/Tennessee Region President for Verizon Wireless. “Telcare helps patients and their doctors share vital health information day and night. Diabetes can be a frightening disease, but the Telcare meter is another tool to help patients better manage their health.”

via Verizon Wireless

M33 Integrated Solution Among 2014 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

M33 Integrated Solutions ranks no. 3038 by Inc. magazine on its 33rd 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing companies. The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013.

Warren Buffett sagely stated “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” For M33, this quote rings true. Beginning in the early 90’s, M33 has once again been recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. While there might be some shade, the tree planting is in no way easing up. “It is exciting and motivating to receive this recognition,” states Sammy Riddle, Co-Founder and Sr. Partner of M33. “Whether it is our first year or eighth, we are equally honored and further inspired to help our clients excel during these challenging and evolving market conditions. ”

In addition to making the Inc. 5000, M33 is also ranked among the top 50 companies in South Carolina and the top 100 Logistics & Transportation companies in the country. Over the past three years, M33 has experienced a growth of 117% and sits on the list with top companies such as LinkedIn, Dell and Pandora. Partner Andy Williams states, “In an increasingly competitive industry, we don’t take repeat growth for granted. We are thankful every day for our successes and the people who help make it happen. Future growth and increased job opportunities are anticipated.”

M33 is a global logistics provider offering supply chain expertise and proprietary transportation management software that allows greater control over shipments and increased efficiencies in routing, fuel costs and shipment tracking. With a customer-centric focus, M33’s co-managed approach has a foundation of communication and collaboration.

Congratulations to M33 for eight years straight, for investing and growing your employees, for persevering in an environment that makes risk management seem like child’s play and for continuing to plant your trees for future shade.

via M33 Integrated Solutions

annual Inc. 500|

Upstate Garbage-to-Fuel Firm Secures First Airline Investment

Fulcrum BioEnergyCathay Pacific Airways announced today that it is the first airline investor in Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. (“Fulcrum”), a US-based sustainable biofuel developer, as part of the airline’s biofuel strategy and to help it achieve a target of carbon-neutral growth from 2020.

The airline has made a strategic equity investment in Fulcrum, which is a world pioneer in the development and commercialization of converting municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel or “biojet fuel.” Cathay Pacific also has an option for further investment.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: “We are very pleased to become the first
airline investor in this sustainable biofuel developer. We are well aware of the impact the aviation industry has on the environment and have been doing a great deal to minimize our own impact. We are pleased to have identified Fulcrum as a strategic business partner that has the necessary vision and technological know-how to help Cathay Pacific pursue the use of biojet fuels. These fuels are an important component of our sustainable development strategy, under which we aim to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020.”

Cathay Pacific has also negotiated a long-term supply agreement with Fulcrum for an initial 375 million US gallons of sustainable aviation fuel over 10 years (representing on an annual basis approximately 2% of the airline’s current fuel consumption) that meets all the airline’s technical requirements and specifications. Fulcrum plans to commence construction of its first commercial plant later this year and to build large scale, waste-to-renewable jet fuel plants at multiple locations, including locations strategic to the Cathay Pacific network, primarily in North America.

Cathay Pacific Biofuel Manager Jeff Ovens said: “Fulcrum has successfully demonstrated a
process of converting municipal solid waste feedstock into sustainable aviation fuel at its scale demonstration facility. The feedstock will be pre-sorted to remove any recyclables prior to being processed into fuels. The company has proved that its technology is viable and has supply commitments in place for feedstock needed for the fuel production. These supply commitments will cover both near-term and future developments.”

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Macias said: “We value
our strategic relationship with Cathay Pacific, one of the world’s premier airlines. Cathay Pacific shares our vision and plan to bring a whole new source of sustainable fuel to the airline industry. A new fuel that has the exact same molecules as fossil fuel but is cleaner, lower in carbon, renewable and lower cost than traditional fossil fuels. Cathay Pacific is really stepping up to help accelerate deliveries of this fuel to the market. This relationship adds to Fulcrum’s existing feedstock, technology and fuel off-take partners that enhance Fulcrum’s low-cost business model for the production and sale of large volumes of low-carbon, jet fuel.”

According to Mr. Macias, jet fuel produced by Fulcrum’s waste-to-fuels process will reduce lifecycle carbon emissions when used in aircraft or road transport by more than 80% when compared to traditional fuels derived from crude oil and other fossil sources. This process also reduces the amount of municipal solid waste going into landfill sites and the methane gas emissions that result from this. If not captured, methane gas is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming contributor.

via Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.

Worthwhile Named to 2014 Inc. 5000 Makes Second Appearance on List

WorthwhileInc. Magazine has named Worthwhile, a digital strategy firm based in Greenville, S.C., to the 2014 Inc. 5000 list.

Worthwhile is number 3904 on the list, which recognizes the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. This is Worthwhile’s second consecutive year on the list.

Worthwhile builds custom web and mobile apps that solve challenge and seize opportunities for our clients. These apps can include mobile apps, websites, e-commerce and custom software.

“We’re thankful to have great customers who consider us partners,” Worthwhile CEO Dan Rundle said. “We’re growing because we do a good job helping them grow and adapt to a digital world.”

Worthwhile has been one of the Southeast’s leading web firms since its founding in the mid-1990s. By combining high-quality software code, award-winning design to create strategic digital solutions, Worthwhile serves clients across the region with a distinct level of effective service.

via Worthwhile

DesignThinkers Group Presents, “Ideation & Rapid Prototyping” September 10

DesignThinkers Group has announced its September Design Talk, “Ideation & Rapid Prototyping – Generating, Testing and Iterating New Ideas.” The Design Talks are short, one hour events and will feature talks on innovation, change, culture, and other vexing problems facing today’s organizations. The Design Talks are free and include lunch. Two upcoming Design Thinking Workshops have also been announced, starting with a three hour Observational Research workshop. See the links below for these upcoming events. All events are held in downtown Greenville at OpenWorks co-working space unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, September 10 at 3:00pm
Ideation & Rapid Prototyping – Generating, Testing and Iterating New Ideas

GSATC Presents, “The Future of Computer Science Education” on August 20

Tech leaders have identified a gap in the computer science pipeline: The labor supply for the growing tech sector is limited and lacking in diversity. If this trend continues, it has the potential to hinder growth and limit career potential for today’s students, particularly those from underserved populations.

To help fill this gap, Google has launched CS First. CS First is creating curriculum to appeal to underrepresented demographics in tech. At the same time, they’re introducing a great new way for tech professionals to give back to their communities, to pay it forward to the next generation, and to ensure a successful future for the tech industry.

Join us this August to learn about how the Google CS First team is coming to the Upstate to partner with local schools, businesses, and community volunteers in an exciting new education endeavor.

11:30 – 12:00 Registration, Networking, Lunch
11:55 – 12:10 Announcements
12:20 – 1:15 Panel Discussion with Q&A
1:20 – 1:30 Door Prizes, Adjourn

This meeting is held at the Embassy Suites and features easy access from I-385, plenty of free parking, ample networking opportunities, a great presentation, and door prizes. Plan to attend.

Onsite registration is available. Lunch is $30 at the door.

 Our Speakers

Jason Hammon

Jason graduated with an Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013, where his research emphasis was technology innovation and MOOCs. He is passionate about all aspects of learning: how people learn, why people learn, and the conditions necessary for learning. His goal is to become a “Learning Engineer,” combining learning science with practice. Originally from Idaho, Jason graduated with a B.S. in Social Science Education from Brigham Young University, and also taught 9th grade Geography for a short time. He and his wife, Natalie, are avid history buffs and love exploring the rich American History embodied in the Charleston area.


Reid Roman

Like his CS First cohorts, Reid recently moved to the Charleston area to help pioneer a new approach to Computer Science education in South Carolina. Reid was named Outstanding Computer Science Student upon graduation from the University of Southern California in 2013. He spent his time as an undergraduate leading various organizations, through which he promoted social change and furthered multicultural objectives on USC’s campus. Born and raised in Dallas, and still a Texas boy at heart, Reid’s passion for computer science has taken him as far as Folsom in northern California for an internship with Intel and all the way to London on a Viterbi Engineering Summer Abroad program. As a part of the CS First team, Reid has contributed to website development, created curriculum materials, and engaged with local volunteers to implement the program in schools.


Greenville Java Users Group Presents, “Brains and Computers” August 14

GJUGGuest speaker, Brian C. Dean, Ph.D., will present on the latest integrations of machines and technology to better understand neurological disorders and to annotate results on the web.

August 14 - 6:30PM - Find Great People Office

Register Online: Brains and Computers

BrianBrian will share his work on research projects that help doctors better understand neurological disorders like epilepsy and autism. Their work uses machine learning and other techniques to analyze large EEG (brain wave) data sets and make network models of brains. They are also working on ways for medical experts to view and annotate this data on the web.

Brian has a PhD in computer science from MIT. His research focuses on algorithms, he promotes high-school CS education, and he directs the Applied Algorithms Group in the School of Computing at Clemson. His research is currently supported by an NSF CAREER award.

via Greenville Java Users Group

A.T. LOCKE Adds Veronica Edwards as Financial Analyst

AT LockeA.T.LOCKE, which provides accounting services, business analysis and financial guidance to emerging and mid-sized organizations, has added Veronica Edwards as a Financial Analyst on the firm’s rapidly-growing Upstate team.

A native of Ladson, South Carolina, Ms. Edwards holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as a M.S. in Accounting from Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining A.T. LOCKE, she most recently served as Division Controller for Jarden Plastic Solutions in Greer, South Carolina. Ms. Edwards began her career as an assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has also worked in progressively senior roles with Newell Rubbermaid and Milwaukee Electric Tool.

As a Financial Analyst with A.T. LOCKE, she will assist firm clients across the Upstate and will be based out of the firm’s Greenville headquarters. Her current civic involvement includes service on the Finance Committee of Maranatha Fellowship SDA Church in Greenville.

“A.T. LOCKE is committed to providing every client with timely, accurate, and relevant financial insight and information, as well as outstanding service,” said Anna Locke, President and Founder of A.T. LOCKE. “Veronica offers our clients a broad range of financial, strategic and analytical capabilities, along with an outstanding work ethic, to help clients manage and grow their organizations. She will be a wonderful addition to our team.”

via A.T. LOCKE

Integral Solutions Group Hires New Account Manager

Integral SGIntegral Solutions Group is excited to announce the addition of Michael Brewerton to the account executive team. Brewerton will join Integral Solution Group’s Charleston, South Carolina office.

“We are thrilled Mike will become a part of our growing team of technology experts,” said Russ Weber, President of Integral Solutions Group. “Mike has a proven track record not only in growing business but also building valued customer relationships.”

Brewerton, a graduate of LSU, has worked for major corporations across the country. Over his career, Brewerton has helped clients develop strong high-tech strategies through the various products and services. At Integral Solutions Group, he will continue to improve that track record with the cutting edge services our company offers.

“Mike is an experienced account manager who will help spread the word about Integral’s successful colocation, disaster recovery, cloud computing, StressFree IT® and backup solutions,” Weber added. “He is also a very civic-minded individual who has volunteered for many great organizations in the communities where he has lived.”

via Integral Solutions Group

DesignThinkers Group Presents “Trust as a Driver for Company Culture and Customer Loyalty” August 13

DesignThinkers Group has announced its August Design Talk, “Trust as a Driver for Company Culture and Customer Loyalty.” The Design Talks are short, one hour events and will feature talks on innovation, change, culture, and other vexing problems facing today’s organizations. The Design Talks are free and include lunch. Two upcoming Design Thinking Workshops have also been announced, starting with a three hour Observational Research workshop. See the links below for these upcoming events. All events are held in downtown Greenville at OpenWorks co-working space unless otherwise indicated.

Upcoming DesignThinkers Group Talks
Wednesday, August 13 at 12:00pm
Trust as a Driver for Company Culture and Customer Loyalty

Wednesday, September 10 at 3:00pm
Ideation & Rapid Prototyping – Generating, Testing and Iterating New Ideas